CLEARLAKE, Calif. — It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of our father, Clarence Eckloff, on February 2, 2018.
Clarence was born on April 16, 1931 to Evelyn Blanche and John Eckloff in the family home, Copper City. He was one of eleven siblings.
Clarence graduated from Calumet High School in 1950. Soon after, he left home for Detroit to work in automobile assembly.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1952 during the Korean War serving on the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany as a machinist.
It was at the ship’s home port of Alameda, California that he met his future wife, Mary Lou Jemo. Together they raised 4 children in Oakland, California.
Clarence retired as a machinist for Kaiser Aerospace and Electronics and was most proud of his work fabricating rocket parts for the NASA Space Shuttle Program.
Clarence taught himself to play guitar at an early age, he had his guitar ever handy to play and sing our favorite country western songs. Whenever his family gathered, Clarence, his brother, Don on guitar and sister, Dolores on accordion, entertained the family. Most recently, his grandson Anthony joined him on the banjo.
Clarence gardened, sewed, loved to travel, gamble and could fix anything. Most importantly, he was kind and generous with an inherent gift to nurture both people and animals.
Preceding him in death were his wife and mother of his children, Mary Lou; second wife, Betty Mae; mother and father, John and Evelyn; sisters, Barbara Ann Kaifesh, Jean (Pat) Sager, Dolores Bishop; and brother, Robert.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, sons Martin Eckloff of San Leandro, California and John Eckloff of Fremont, California; daughters, Mary Andrade (Ken) of Blessing, Texas and Claire Stevens of Mountain Ranch, California; sisters, Mary Lou Mattila of Houghton, Dorothy Cass of Keene, New Hampshire, Carol Holbrook of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and Joyce Laumann of Sheboygan; brothers, Donald Eckloff of Jamul, California, William Eckloff of Ontanogan; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a beloved dog, Angel; and a plethora of extended family and friends.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California on Tuesday, February 20 at 11:30 a.m.
The family appreciates donations in Clarence’s name to the Salvation Army, Orphan Dog Rescue of Lakeport, Califonia, or your local food bank or animal rescue group.